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What is the best way to find an agent who is familiar with our area to sell our house?
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Ask friends and family for referrals.  Also, seek out agents that may have an Associate Broker's license and/or the CRS (Certified Residential Specialist) real estate designation.  These two things represent real estate agents who've taken the extra initiative to further their real estate careers through both education and experience.
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January 21
Ask friends and family.
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January 21

You could start by asking your family or friends for referrals. This is always a great way to find agents that you can trust. You can also look for agents here at Zillow through http://www.zillow.com/directory/real-estate-agents/. You just need to make sure that you choose someone who is a local and has an extensive knowledge about your neighborhood.

If you want to learn more about what qualities to look for in an agent, don't hesitate to call me at [deleted by Zillow moderator. Please see our Good Neighbor Policy for posting guidelines]

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January 21
Family and Friends can always give advise on their experience... Also pay attention to the for sale signs that are going up in your part of town and see who is listing in that area... 
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January 21
I would talk to friends and neighbors about their experiences to get a reference. Personal referral is usually the best way. 
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January 21
Zillow is actually a great place to look for a agent in your area. They have testimonials from past clients. Go to find a pro on the tabs above. Good Luck!
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January 21
Seek an agent that is Local in your area and has knowledge about the community.  In addition, these realtors will be more likely to better serve you as an agent.  Accompanied showings are something that can be a plus when marketing your home.  The agent will be able to point out amenities your home offers and also get a good feel about what the buyer thought about your home and supply you immediate feedback.  An agent that is not so local, may not be able to offer this kind of service.  In addition, interview your agents and find out how they will market your home, ie. open houses, newspaper, internet, mailings.  Ask about their recent past sales.

As an agent, they should be with you every step of the way until your house is SOLD! 
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January 21
Look up your home and those for sale in your area on Zillow. You will immediately be hooked up with some of the most progressive and successful real estate professionals. 

Google real estate agents in your area. Agents with a strong internet presence are also going to make sure your home has a strong internet presence.

Interview - Once you have done your research and have found a few of the top listing agents in your area, interview them all and allow them all to present their marketing plan. You will learn a lot about the value of your home and who you enjoy working with.

Good Luck!
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January 21
Look on Zillow for a pro . There should be 3 for your area . Interview them and see who sold the most homes in your area .
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January 21
When finding a good realtor in your area to list your home, it is best to look up realtors by your zipcode on your local MLS website or by searching the internet.  Reading reviews and seeing what area they work in will help narrow down the list.  Going with a family friend to list your home can sometimes be a bust if they are not someone that does this full time, you need someone who does a good amount of sales in that area and is experienced in the business.  Talk to the agents about what kind of marketing they will be doing for the house as far as website exposure, open houses, and marketing pieces they have in place to give your home the most amount of exposure to potential buyers in your area.
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January 20
When yuo interview them have them show you their current marketing for homes they have listed.  Anybody can tell you anything do the "Show me" routine.   99% is going to be ONLINE.  
Check out their yard signs.  Is their name and number on the sign or do the hang a rider on top.   Buyers
that do "Sign calls" call the main number most of the time.   Using riders usually indicates someone too poor to buy an appropriate sign.

Find someone that will feature your house on YouTube and puts a QR Code on the sign or a Rider that says "Tour This Home"

There's more but that just filtered out 90% of the agents out there
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January 19
Ask friends, family and colleagues for realtor recommendations and start interviewing.
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